Northern & Central Midwest

April, 2010
Regional Report

Clean Up Your Lawn

Once the snow has gone and left its debris behind, it's time to start spring clean-up. Most lawns simply need the debris raked away and the spring rains and sun will green them up beautifully. Don't be tempted to get out the roller to roll away those bumpy spots because you will only compact the soil.

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day this year by attending a local festival or celebration. Most communities have something going on to educate and entertain the public about sustainability and green living. Or simply make your commitment to stewardship of the earth by spending the day in your garden.

Plant Collards

Try collards this year. They are cool-season greens that are rich in vitamins and minerals. They grow beautifully this time of year because of their frost tolerance, and many of the hybrids have been bred to stay healthy and tasty into the heat of summer.

Don't Plant Too Early

It's very tempting. The garden centers have their plants out and ready for purchase. But don't jump the gun and plant too early. There is still a good chance for frost in many of our areas, and planting now will simply mean that you must replant later. Good for the garden center but not for you.

Care for Your Easter Lily

Once your Easter lily blossoms fade, get ready to plant it outdoors. Although not reliably hardy outdoors in the Midwest, if you keep it healthy until frost has passed and put it in a sunny spot in the garden with some protection, you may get it to rebloom next year.

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